Pangerl Denied Request Prior To Taking Office
Commissioner-elect Mitch Pangerl asked the Pine County Board of Commissioners to approve funding of $350 plus mileage for him to attend the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Annual Conference on Dec. 6-8 in St. Cloud.
The Pine City Pioneer reports that Pangerl made the request at the regular meeting of the Pine County Board on Nov. 16 at the Public Health Building in Sandstone.
Pangerl told the board that he thought there was precedent for this request. None of the commissioners present could remember past approval for such an action. The Pioneer also reports that County Attorney John Carlson asked if former Commissioner Eileen Anderson, who was also present at the meeting, could remember the board having paid for a commissioner’s expenses before he became a commissioner in the past. Anderson said that she thought this had happened before, but she could not remember which commissioner (or commissioners) was involved nor give any specifics.
Chairman Carlson made a motion to deny Pangerl’s motion. Those present, including the man Pangerl defeated in November’s election, out-going commissioner Ed Montbriand, unanimously voted against funding for Pangerl at the AMC conference.
The board then unanimously approved expenses for Pangerl to attend a ‘Welcome to County Government’ conference on Jan. 26-27 at a cost of $150 plus mileage. That event is taking place in St. Paul and is specifically geared towards informing newly elected county officials.